Amarynthos. Amarynthos is a small town, with approximately 4,500 inhabitants, located on the route Chalkis-Kymi-Eretria. It is a fishing town that in recent decades has developed tourism. In town and in the surrounding area are several picturesque beaches. All tourist facilities are available, as there are many hotels and rooms for rent. There are also many shops, restaurants, taverns and cafes. Because Amarynthos is a fishing town, there are many fish restaurants serving fresh seafood. Many residents are fishermen who keep the seafood restaurants well stocked.
Amarynthos is also very popular because there is much to do in the area, therefore it is an ideal place to use to explore the region. In spring and autumn, this area is fun to walk. The summer months of July and August are very busy, because then the Greek tourists come to the town, mainly Greeks who originally came from Amarynthos but now live in Athens.
Every year, as in other Greek villages, popular festivals are organized. The biggest celebrations are those of the carnival and the three-day folk festival of Agios Ioannis, taking place from August 27 to 29.
Sights in the region:
- The byzantine church Panagia Portaitissa, built in the 11th century on top of a hill north of the city.
- On the hill Palaiochora are several historic Byzantine churches.
- The Venetian castle near the village Gymno.
- The mountain village Seta north of the city.
Text: Yorgos and Wendy Nikolidakis - Revised by Katrina Butzer